"(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Cor. 13:7)
Commentary from the Spirit-filled Life Bible best conveys the truths in today's verse:
"Love bears all things, defending and holding other people up. Love believes the best about others, credits them with good intentions, and is not suspicious. Love hopes all things, never giving up on people, but affirming their future. Love endures all things, persevering and remaining loyal to the end."
(Copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
A hearty AMEN to that. Maturity in Jesus means abiding in His unconditional LOVE and continuing to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. Only by Abba's power can it be done.
And, Father, I pray that the appropriation of LOVE by Your definition be sealed within each one of our hearts, minds, and emotions by the power of Holy Spirit. I pray that Your definition of Love be manifested in our daily walks, above all - to Your praise, honor, and glory, in Christ's Name. Amen.
(Lord willing, the next installment will visit that last line again... "Love Never Fails.")
(Originally published May 23, 2013 revised Nov. 2015)